Cold Water Immersion

Posted by Keith Liddell on 18th Sep 2022

Cold Water Immersion

Cold Water Immersion has become increasingly popular due to claims it benefits both the body and mind, everything from circulation to your mental health and wellbeing.

Immersing your body in cold water (water less than 15°C) can involve taking either an ice bath, a cold shower or swim in the ocean, usually for a few minutes at a time.

Swimming amongst ice is an extreme type of cold-water swimming, water is no more than 5°C. Recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of combining cold water immersion with breathing exercises and mental stimulation prepare to get your mind and body into the best possible condition for physical and mental health.

Cold water immersion therapy is understood to benefit the body in various ways, including

  • a reduction in muscle pain and stiffness after exercise, by reducing swelling and inflammation
  • improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • a boost to your immune system, helping to lower the risk of infection
  • improving general wellbeing, according to studies, has been known to help with depression

Cold water immersion therapy offers some benefit in inflammatory related conditions. Studies indicate that it could possibly be due to the breathing techniques and meditation that truly provide the greatest benefit, rather than the exposure to the extreme cold.

Cold water does put your body under stress, stress believed to offer many of the positive effects Cold Water Immersion Therapy has on the body, like giving your immune system a serious boost. It can also be dangerous, potentially fatal for some people so please make yourself aware and educate yourself and loved ones of the dangers or risks involved.

Cold Water Immersion Therapy is not to be underestimated as it can trigger.

  • cold water shock, an automatic response where your heart rate increases, and you lose control of your breathing
  • heart arrhythmias, (heart rhythm disorder)
  • hypothermia, when your core body temperature gets too cold

We strongly recommend to start slow and build gradually to help your body adapt to the cold and decrease the risk of cold-water shock.

Many of the problems associated with Cold Water Immersion Therapy are likely due to underlying medical conditions, such as problems with your heart or (underlying health conditions) such as asthma.

If you are wishing to get involved in Cold Water Immersion Therapy or are concerned about how Cold Water may affect you, we strongly advise discussing it with your GP prior to giving it a try remembering cold water therapy is not suited to everyone.

The Tranquillity Change Robe keeps you warm, dry and extremely comfortable thus enhancing the experience for everyone enjoying an outdoor and active lifestyle and during cold conditions.